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Thousands in Jakarta protest US embassy's move to Jerusalem

President Widodo urges other countries not to follow Washington's lead

Thousands of Muslims gather at the National Monument in Jakarta on Friday to protest against the US moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. (Photo by Bobby Nugroho)

JAKARTA -- Tens of thousands of Muslims gathered in Jakarta on Friday to protest against the United States' controversial plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is set to happen on Monday.

Protesters from Jakarta and surrounding cities condemned Washington's move, calling on Muslims to increase their support for Palestine and boycott products from companies that support Israel. One speaker called for jihad, or holy war, against Israelis.

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